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This stuff is great. I'd never made a mojito in my life, but decided to go all out and buy all the stuff needed to see if I could become Tom Cruise.
For anyone unaware, this appears to be what makes a mojito taste like a mojito. It is especially nice with a dark rum actually (I used Mount Gay), especially when compared to light rums which come across harsher. I've tried sugar free syrup before as well and it is simply nothing compared to real stuff like this.
If you want to become Tom Cruise I'd recommend buying this over an F-14, because this is cheaper.
Essential for Pina Colada's. Followed the Monin recipe on their YouTube channel and made mocktail versions too. I made so many at the weekend I know the recipe off by heart. Mocktail Pina Colada - 1oz of syrup in blender - add 1oz cream (I used Alpro Soya singe fresh cream) - add 6oz pineapple juice - add ice - blend until ice is crushed
So disappointed in this product as soon as I tasted it I realised it was nothing like grenadine should taste like. Then when I checked the ingredients i found out why. Grenadine should be made from pomegranite with probably orange water and lemon in it too, not these synthetic ingredients.
This is OK. Standard almond syrup really - sugar syrup with flavourings. Nothing particularly natural or gastronomic about it. The flavour is strong almond. You can get much better ones made from actual crushed/squeezed almonds rather than "natural flavourings" but it's good enough for most uses. Somehow Monin have developed their brand to give a quality impression so I was surprised to find they are generally sugar with extracts rather than lots of raw ingredients. But on the plus side it means a really long shelf life which is actually pretty important unless you're guzzling down 70cl of almond syrup a month!
Coconut flavour - very tasty! I use it in coffee and hot milk drinks for myself, sometimes combined with a chocolate drink, probably going to find other places to use it.
I had a go at making a homemade coconut syrup, experimenting with dessicated coconut I already had. The flavour was good but it wasn’t a consistent syrup, separating into a thick part which set and a liquid syrup. I have a recipe to make coconut syrup for coffee. But it’s quite involved and now I’ve tried the Monin version, will stick with theirs. I have success with my own homemade caramel syrup though, varying the flavour with vanilla or not. Monin syrups are good quality but expensive, so I’ll keep trying different flavours of theirs over time.
I actually ordered 2 of these without realising, the first time I ordered. The coconut had been in my saved list for ages, waiting and hoping for a price reduction. Eventually I ordered it, realising my error when 2 arrived. Luckily, I really liked it, not having an artificial flavour at all, like most. It didn’t take long to use the first bottle and I’m on the second now. I just wish they weren’t so expensive, even though they are a quality brand and nice flavour. It’s a lot to pay, when you don’t get the opportunity to get a smaller size to sample for each flavour.
Suggestion to Monin for a selection of tasting bottles in much smaller sizes please?